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Indianapolis Indiana Phalanx (Newspaper) - February 25, 1897, Indianapolis, Indiana A i a r. A vol. Xii lib dial a Polis. Thu sat. February -25, 1897. No 49� new Start quote prohibition fight will be pushed with renewed vigor. Prof. Ii. M. Cubist chosen state Cha Kmax. An encouraging conference the conference of the prohibition party of Indiana held this week in pursuance of the Call by the state chairman was a splendid sae Cess. The attendance was Good the pervading spirit was hopeful every one acted very much in Earnest and there were but few us pleasant features. The desire predominated strongly for United action against the liquor traffic and its Allied evils but while nearly everyone talked for Union new had a definite plan of action to pro pose Likely to prove practical and act Septa l0. An Enczur Alfing feature was the enthusiastic determined optimistic. A Meyer Saj die spirit hat is always Dis played at a prohibition Nae eting. Preliminary to the general conference a meeting of the state Central commit tee was held monday evening. The following were present As District chairmen or representing those of Licera chairman f. T. Mcwhirter in Ian Polis Preston rider Crothersville representing the second District Jesse b. Davis Scottsburg from the third District to a. Aspy Greensburg to quot ourth District William eds Erton Diin Reith sixth District Philip met Nab a Indianapolis seventh District Frank Jyh King Carmel ninth District j h Mccully Idaville tenth District we. Trueblood Kokomo eleventh District m. T. Bishop St. Joe twelfth District or. J. A. Work Elkhart thirteenth a District. Besides these the a were pre it Peitit a number of leaders in the cause including several women. The chairman reviewed the work of the last Campaign. His financial report showed $144 55 collected and spent. The unpaid debt still due William f. A Clark was reported to be $63. L. M. Crist told incidents of his Campaign trips. He said he was willing to forget air the past. He spoke in a very optimistic Way urged All the members to have Charity and face the question quot what is before us this was Folio a red with a Call by districts in which each representative made a Little Sprech. Several members took occasion to criticize the Phalanx be Cruse it had not adv Jated tha aide of the single Issue party and a few were in favor of starting an org in that would be Loyal to their views will am e 1-Lrton thought that talk was cheap and suggested that their experience in that in had been rather expensive. Or Mcnab said it would be an unfortunate a Day when we have two site organs fighting each other instead of one which Lias discussions from both Side a fur a better understanding toward Union. Several members a poke for Union after More talk f h King presen Teil a Resolution which he said had been a prepared by a few prohibitionists in Indianapolis. This was discussed and unanimously adopted As follows resolved. That tie state Central committee of the prohibition party de i ores any Divit Ion in like ranks of. Those favouring action against the Saloon it is our purpose to Ltd carry. Forward the work of the party along ail lines of further agitation education and organization Loo kit it a to the Over throw of the liquor traffic in order to accomplish this purpose we invite the i / a co operation of a Al who Are agreed on i this Isi tue and while we do not dictate the tui re policy of the pfc try. We Toufi. Dently Hope that its work May be i quot reeled to the line of the Pronini Tiu of the liquor traffic and woman s is of frag. And to at other issues shall be Incorv it re fated into the future plate Irons of the pm party upon which a substantial maj in a Shal i a Gree quot the matter of a presiding officer for next Day was left with the executive a i committee. Mcwhirter then resigned Asp state chairman for the new chairman Kyj he names of l m Crist Thorn town Prev. S j. Wilson Indianapolis and j a a fully Idaville were proposed. The we the resulted Crist 8 Wilson 1. In zip Hepting the office or Crist said he i shrank from the responsibility but was quot i willing to make any personal sacrifice about a reunion of the factions ladies present were called on to a Al miss Mary had Ley said she to quot with the Brethren. It Fred tii Eju i no forget the past Hij mrs quot Balch Der Cut a or one Side Ying Nankin about Tib nist As the Man who voted for Leer ing. On motion the meeting then adjourned. The people were late in arriving at masonic Hall tuesday morning Many coming in on the Forenoon trains and it was nearly eleven o clock Wheir the meeting was called to order Rey. W. P. Mckenzie of Thorntown led in. Repeating the first psalm and offered prayer. M. E race Sarita Solo f. T. Mcwhirter in opening the conference Eaid quot in the prohibition movement we have my de mistakes As every party makes mistakes but these Are not to be compared with the mistakes invade by those flushed with Victory and called upon to Ai us me the responsibilities at ten Ming Victory. We have not made one where they have made one Hundred. We have not attempted to deceive the Peop a but we have conceded much that we should not have conceded. We have gone to an ext Rease in not holding that the great Central Effort of the party is the the liquor traffic and the establishment of b f. Watson of this City was introduced As the pern Anent chairman of the conference. In assuming the position he said quot we Are not Here to draft a platform but a ii pay to conf re on Best plans of work. No one knows today what will the in our state or National platform except the one thing of the prohibition of the liquor traffic our work should i e a Long the line of prohibition woman s Infra in and such other questions As the substantial majority can agree upon i of factions to clash. We want to go up and Down this state and show the people that prohibition of the liquor traffic will do More to Oring Prosperity to this country the in any financial question that can be proposed. Let us emphasize the financial As Well As the moral Side of the prohibition or. Watson in closing made some unkind reflections upon the nationals which were very unwise and that were received with signs of marked disapproval by Bis hearers or. Mcwhirter so As made Secretary of the conference and read the Call. A committee was appointed by the chair to draft Resolution As to plans of work consisting off. T. Mcwhirter Riv. We m. Haikins l m. Crist j. G. Tings Bury and Preston rider. A at this juncture transpired one of the must Nota ble incidents of the conference l m Crist and j. A Kingsbury prohibition and National candidates for governor in the last Campaign who were seated together in the audience were loudly called for. As two leaders appeared on the platform they were greeted with tremendous applause some one started quot Blest be the tie that binds and in an instant the entire audience Root get to their feet and joined in the song. After quiet had been restored or Crist was presented. He said in part we want to forget All the mistakes of the past and face the problems be fore us i want to press Forward to the work of our aspirations the overthrow a of the liquor traffic in considering our difficulties we Are Apt to bed scour a de if it was Zofe for the Trot in the god who rules Over us toe lord has blk me in an unwavering Faith so that no matter How dark the Cloud May App a. I know that he is on the Side of Justice and right is bound to Triumph. It is in this Faith that i am willing to step into the place you have chosen me to 1 have not lost Faith in humanity and believe there is a grand army in in Nana which will stand together and ova Truro Ltd this great evil if they Are Ralit a into a solid Phalanx quot or. Kingsbury was greeted with great applause. He spoke a follows quot if the question were asked what is Tutje dominant purpose the controlling Mutich of those present in this Confer ence i feel Hure the reply would be he suppression of the liquor traffic Tbs uus of poverty crime and woe it is the same notion that brought us together a year ago and at All previous conventions. Most of us had other reforms at heart but this one outranked them All. But for this we would not have formed and maintained for so Many years our or Gamza Tiou Call this the dominant Issue or not the fact is undoubtedly As St Steij. Most of us i believe feel today As a eff it year ago on political topics and if so we Are ready to readout the resolutions we then so unanimously agreed to. And if this is done we Are a Aiu a United detachment of the grand army engaged to Battle against the Arch enemy of human Progress morality and religion the legalized Saloon and ready to Aid also in All political reforms we cannot any of us subscribe to a platform that has not prohibition As its first Aud chief Plank. That at least is settled. As to other matters Aud it is not needful to speak of them As minor ones for to Many they Are de ply important i for one would be entirely willing to entrust them to the Good Sene and patriotic Fuelin of the Reform Loving people who join us under the initiative and referendum principle having do doubt that they will decide correctly. i it As to a Dame. Wiite l. Prefer a a in of greater breadth a greater enthusiasm. The Plain my an in genl old Anglo Saxon word Reform As it seems to my mind is the name most fitting All things considered. If applied to the Temperance question it Means Protection the suppression of the liquor traffic As against License policy it Means i Man suffrage As against the pro sent limitation of the franchise to the male sex As applied to trusts the currency the Tariff and other political questions it Means settling them right legislating in the interests of the people the masses it Means better government i pro a Tient in All Public administration. I know no single word a a comprehensive and so appropriate to our purposes. And yet i recognize the fact that a new name is not of so much importance As to be a cause of division among us. Manean get along very comfortably. In the world and accomplish fairly Well the purposes of his being under the meaningless Naine of Smith or a Man can to a preacher of righteousness while bearing the ill sounding name of Schwindler bit it is better that a name have some proper significance after All and we will show Wisdom in asking for one that has reference to the purposes we desire to accomplish. But after we decide regarding the name let us preserve Harmony and strive by All Means to unite under one leadership All who favor the suppression of the licensed Rev. M w. Harkins of Nderson was the next speaker. He said i do not think we could forget the past i do not think some of us have anything to forgive. I think we should not forget the past but profit by our experiences and act More wisely in the future. When i see a mail coming in to the prohibition Camp i ask myself. What manner of Man will this be i know he will be sifted and have to stand trial. After it is All Over where Are we we were willing to try the single Issy a once but it was forced upon us i like to stand on the solid name of prohibition for what it miss Hadley then Rose in the audience and asked if this conference was going to invite the nationals to come Home. Rev. Harkins replied that All Are Wel come to come with the understanding that the majority must Rulo. Miss Hadley then said with much feeling quot i think the nationals were like a child that had wandered away from its prohibition Parent. Do you want us to come Back am a prohibitionist but 1 stand on the National party platform. Why can we not All stand on a platform of prohibition woman suffrage and such other questions As we can agree on. Will you invite us quot after this Appeal Rev. Harkins apologized for the Lack of Charity in his utterance and spoke More conciliatory. Or Mcculy favored a Resolution to invite the nationals if he had any a sur ance the invitation would be kindly received or. Mcwhirter opposed such an action As a truce. He wanted the party to go straight Forward and let anyone who wanted to come in without an invitation. But his opinion did not prevail and remarks of More generous spirit were made by h. A. Rockwood Rev g. W. Bowers miss Hadley and others. The Resolution passed by the committee the night before was offered but on motion of or. Me Cully amended by adding the words Resos ted that a copy of to is Resolution be sent to the state Central committee of tha National the conference then adjourned and the audience indulged in a general hand shaking. Afternoon session. The attendance at the afternoon session was much larger than in the morn ing the Hall being nearly filled. After singing by m. E. Race prayer was offered by eld. A. L Crim of Thorn t it in. Tho first business was the re port of the committee on plans of work. This report was adopted As follows report of committee. Organization. Resolved that the state chairman be requested to perfect organization filling places that May be or May become vacant in his Central committee and urging oif animation to the fullest extent ii every county and township through the proper channels. That with a View to this end we advise District conferences to be held at such times and places As May be designated to Gay the chairmen of the several districts. That the District conference arrange As speedily As possible for county conferences and organization and in turn the county conferences for township organization. Education. That with a View to education the state chairman be requested to establish a systematic roster of available speakers together with their topics. That the committees be requested in As far As practicable to Confer with the state chairman before employing any other than a Home local speaker. I hat no foreign speaker be encouraged who shall not be specifically endorsed by the state chairman mentioning in the endorsement a both the Date and place of meeting s that systematic la sati Batik amp of Litera to Rorby by a Meir Dea to that our people be urged to support our ocal prohibition papers and in As far As possible our National organs the lever and the voice. A the matter of finance was presented by Rev a p. Mckenzie who made an Appeal for funds that was liberally responded to. Pledges of five dollars and under were made and in a Short time $105 91 was raised. This amount was enough to pay the expenses of the conference cancel the debt of the state committee and leave a Small balance in the Treasury. The business of the meeting being concluded John g. Woolley the chief speaker of the occasion was presented. Or Woolley read from manuscript As this was a new address prepared especially for this conference. He was Given the closest attention and frequently interrupted with applause. The Phalanx has the exclusive publication of the address this week and presents it in full on another Page. As a fitting Climax to the occasion the chairman announced that another eminent speaker was on the platform and be took great pleasure in presenting the noted evangelist b. Fay Mills he was Given an enthusiastic ovation and in a few burning sentences he defined his to amp Ilion. Or. Mills said i have voted the straight clean prohibition ticket at every Opportunity. Our place is to be the generators of moral conviction. What our country needs is a deep conviction of sin. This is to be accomplished More than by any other Means by heroes and our party is a band of heroes. I believe that there u no a Agency that can be More commended by the spirit of god than the prohibition party. I would rather the curse of god would smite me where i stand than not to stand with All my strength with All my soul for the overthrow of the liquor traffic quot a Short prayer by Rev Mckenzie and a memorable conference was . Is nature its history its quot effect and its use a lecture delivered by or Homer a. Ilal before tue students of the Central College of physicians quot Star Geotis at Indianapolis ind., january la Ali 1897. Mangand his con. Quot Abi a in of a v to quot a y v. Action of alcohol. If men who use alcohol As a beverage understood its real effect and Conse quench a very few would Ever take another drink. And if doctors who prescribe it Only knew How much Cetter their patients would recover without any alcoholic medication not another physician would prescribe it. Alcohol acts fully on the human sys tem in from Twenty to thirty minutes. Although there is a glow of warmth that passes Over the body in a few moments. There Are some conditions that influence the effects of alcohol that it is Well to mention first if alcohol is taken on an empty stomach or undiluted its action is More rapid Ard intense. If the person taking it remains in a warm room its action is greater. And the habits of the individual As to the use of the drug greatly influences its action. Now in considering the action of alcohol on Man we will first consider its influence on the special senses of feeling seeing hearing Etc. The sense of feeling is impaired by the use of alcohol. A person will feel the delicate touch of a Feather or other Light substance when in a Normal condition who will not feel a like touch at All when moderately under the influence of alcohol. This i have tested and know to be True a gain take a person in a Normal condition Blindfold him and touch the Back of his hand or any part of body with the Points of the branches of a Compass say three inches apart and ask him How far apart Are the two Points of the Compass that touch him and he will reply As a Rule two inches and a half. Then when moderately under the influence of alcohol give him precisely the same testing with the Points of the Compass the same distance apart three in Chest then ask him again How far the Points Are apart and he will reply four and a half inches or something like it that is his sense of touch when under the influence of alcohol will be less accurate by Ono third than when in Normal condition. Hence it is the that no one can be a skilled Mechanic or artist and use alcohol As has been abundantly proven. Again the sense of sight is impaired by the use of alcohol. The men who use alcohol and their children he to use glasses earlier than those who Doi i tested Hia sight and he could read one fourth Inch letters Twenty feet. In a few Days he came into my office in a moderately intoxicated condition again i tested his Eye sight. And in order for him to read those same sized letters he had to come four feet nearer to them. That is letters he could distinguish at Twenty feet when free from the influence of alcohol he could Only distinguish at sixteen feet when under its influence. One such Case does not prove anything with doctors but when the same result is multiplied Many fold we rightly deduce the principle As slated above. The use of alcohol impairs the hearing. This fact can be demonstrated in a similar Way As we have shown that the use of alcohol weakens the eyesight. Take a watch and see How far a Man can hear it tick when in intoxicated then when intoxicated and you will be convinced what influence alcohol has on the delicate sense of hearing. As to the effect of alcohol on the senses of taste and smell i can not speak with authority As i have never thoroughly tested it but we know that alcohol has a hardening influence on nerve Structure and doubly so on such delicate nerve filaments As Are used in taste and smell. So from a rational Point of View the use of alcohol can not be otherwise than injurious to these senses also. Som e of the later physiologists Tell us that there is a sixth sense that they Call the sense of weight. This sense or Power is impaired also by the use of alcohol. To illustrate take a Man in a Normal condition and have him lift a weight say that weighs twelve pounds. Then ask him How much he thinks it weighs and he will reply Likely eleven pounds then Asir the same Man in an intoxicated condition to lift the same weight it being covered so he cannot see the size and ask him How much it weighs. He will reply fifteen pounds just As surely As he did eleven pounds before. That is the sense of weight is invariably impaired by the use of alcohol. Now ladies and gentlemen i have thus briefly indicated to you the effects of alcohol on the senses in this Plain practical Way that you and even those who Are not doctors who May possibly hear of these words that you All May be the More Able to test the effects of alcohol yourselves. When you come into Active practice of Medicine you can test these things Dally. And when you learn As you will that alcohol impairs the senses of feeling of sight of hearing of weight Etc., both in disease and in health you will have taken the first step which if pursued with a desire to know the truth will Lead you to ultimate Victory in discovering that alcohol is the Arch enemy to the health and happiness of Mankind next we will speak of the general effects of alcohol on the human sys tem senator Chandler of new Hamp Shire spoke for three hours the other Day in advocacy of a Resolution he had offered declaring it to be the sense of the Senate that the United states Shou d not permanently acquiesce in the single Gold Standard. He attributed the fall of values in this and other countries for the last Twenty years to the progressive Steps in the de monetization of Silver and estimated the depreciation of property in the to United states sin life the census of 1890, when it Vas Ven at fifteen thousand million dollars at 35 per cent. He asked whether such continuous shrinkage of property and increasing Burden of debt could be endured without wide spread bankruptcy. If it had not been for the fortunate balance of Trade in favor of the United states in 1896, there would have been he asserts a cataclysm in this country which would have prostrated All interests. He warned the Republican party of which he has let Eena life Long member that Itcan Only continue to live by becoming the True party of the people quot if this is not done quot he included quot and the Republican party shall con tent itself with seizing and enjoying the spoils of office surrendering unreservedly to the Vioney Power which so effectively contributed to its recent Victory acquiescing permanently in the existing Gold Standard and treating bimetal ism As a jogging Humbug and the Promise to promote it As a pledge never intended to be fulfilled republicans will speedily find the tide of political Battle once More turned against them and they a will soon Exchange Elf Ces with their now sore bleeding and prostrate foes labor of Templar an unselfish Effort to save humanity. A word from the publisher. To Indiana Good templars. On solicitation of your r. W. C. To Hon. I. S. Wade a department devoted to Good Templar has been commenced in the Phalanx to be edited by Hui. During the first year of on publishing this paper Bro. Wade conducted such a department and it proved an undoubted Benefit to the order and cause. This was discontinued when a monthly Good Templar paper was started but that did not receive inf Lucient support to warrant its continuance. The need of some regular and oficial paper fort of. Mun cation with the lodges and to give More publicity to the work they Are doing has been sorely Felt. Certainly no More appropriate paper could be selected than the Phalanx for it advocates constantly the two Cardinal principles of Good Templar a total abstinence for the individual and prohibition for the state. Moreover it has a Large circulation reaching every county in Indiana so that such a department in the Able charge of Bro. Wade must prove a great Benefit to the order. But to accomplish the most Good and the end desired each Lodge should subscribe for a copy of the paper. Many of the members should do the same thing and we believe will do so As they Are made acquainted with its merits but certainly every Lodge ought to subscribe and that without delay. No remuneration comes to the paper except by such subscriptions and unless a fair appreciation is thus shown we shall not feel that the increased trouble and expense entailed upon us is warranted. Marked copies have been sent to All Lodge deputies several times. A very few in Lye have so far respond eds with Abaci tons. We Trust this Plain statement of the Case May produce better results. It the Phalanx is Only is per year. See also the Liberal premiums offered. Further keep Bro. Wade posted in the Good Templar news of your Lodge and locality and thus assist him to make the department still More interesting and helpful. Show this toothed members and read it at next meeting of your Lodge. Yours in the work of banishing the drink curse from Indiana William f. Clark publisher. 2o Cyclorama place Indianapolis. Ever Rob said so. Cd so nets Candy ,.ttie Moat won deify a medi disc very it of the aut and i refreshing to to in taste it gen / a 4 a k ill a ritual a quot we Are Here to work. Let us do so and thus Advance our common cause and Honor nothing great or Good was Ever accomplished Wita oat work ceaseless untiring Effort. Tha Earnest Templar remembering this admonition has remained at the Post of duty for years and As a result of his labor Many Homes have been brightened. Many hearts gladdened and Many souls redeemed. We Are Here to work quot say fifteen thousand chief templars once each week and yet How Little Many templars do to protect the Young or strengthen the weak the grand chief Templar not Long ago said in a speech that a Man quot to would not keep a Templar vow would not keep any to a hearer objected to this rather sweeping statement and disturbed the meeting. The speaker said publicly in answer to the criticism quot were you once a Templar quot quot yes i was quot said the injured innocence quot Why did Yon sever your member ship quot quot because i got tired of the quot you promised to do All in your Power to promote the welfare of the Lodge and to Advance the cause of Temperance and without cause left your Lodge and 1 say with much emphasis that each a Man will not keep any Ovir except As he is paid for Hia Iii laity by promised the quot innocent quot subsided and theme Miagi was a rouser. It is a demonstrated fact that a a it Jority of men who without a reasonable excuse there Are Many reasonable excuses leave Good Templar Amo int to very Lutile in any Good work they a Are usually a red saah Fellows quot who work ust As Long As they hold a Gavioli or receive applause for senseless i chatter Indiana is full of such Meliv and women people who have helped to kill every movement in the interest of humanity the Field the grand Chiet Templar spoke at Winthrop Warren Cou it thursday-.,.?/ and Friday evenings of last week instituted Winthrop Lodge with members. Banking officers Mil bite g. Jacob Andrew. Edward Webb s. J. T. Will r Herejk Man l p. Lodge Law a Jtj Emitra i dram a daily ii Ovelmen bit Busm Mif

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